Ramblin' Rhodes: Jennings, Spangler to perform at inaugural Veterans Day event

Waylon Albright “Shooter” Jennings, son of country music legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, will headline the “CSRA Veterans Day Tribute Concert” this weekend in Evans.


Jennings is expected to close out the show about 8 p.m. Saturday at Lady Antebellum Pavilion.

Others announced to take the stage are Amanda Pollard, 3 p.m.; Rachel Lynn, 4 p.m.; Beth Spangler, 5 p.m.; Jordan Brower, 6 p.m. and Johnny Rodriguez, 7 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m.

Tickets priced at $50, $35 and $20 can be bought through freshtix.com and Security Federal Bank locations. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Jennings’ music video of his song Outlaw You has more than 2 million views on YouTube and takes a swipe at today’s young country stars who try to call themselves “outlaws” of the mainstream Nashville music scene.

Some of the lyrics go, “You say you’re an outlaw with your perfect boots that you got from your record label’s image group. Sing another man’s song with a big drum loop. Listen, son, you ain’t got a clue. You can’t buy true. Tell you what they should do. They should outlaw you.”

Jennings’ mother and father along with Willie Nelson and Tompall Glaser created their own music movement in 1976 with the release of their album Wanted: The Outlaws.

It became the first county album to be certified Platinum as having sales in excess of 1 million copies.

In 2006, Jennings was asked by the site cmt.com about his all-time favorite artists.

He replied, “I always say my dad when people ask me that question because he’s definitely my biggest influence when he came in my life and sang music and what I learned from him, you know.

Hank Williams Jr. is pretty close to one of my all-time favorite artists though. God, I mean I love Led Zeppelin. I love The Beatles, The Rolling Stones. I have so many influences.”

Most local country music fans especially will be eager to see Rodriguez return to the area after a long absence.

Rodriguez first came to Augusta in late 1972 with a package show at Bell Auditorium that included Rodriguez playing in the band of Grand Ole Opry star Tom T. Hall.

Just a few months later, Rodriguez scored international success with his first Mercury Records album Introducing Johnny Rodriguez. It contained his first hit single Pass Me By (If You’re Only Passing Through).

He would follow it into the 1980s with a long string of hits that included Ridin My Thumb To Mexico.

The late 1990s found him off the charts and going through a lot of personal problems as the music business itself changed in listening tastes.

Rodriguez still has a lot of loyal fans in this area eager to see his return.


WKXC GUITAR PULL VEGAS SURVIVORS: Be sure and give an extra round of applause to several performers on this year’s WKXC Guitar Pull who survived the mass slaying in early October at the Route 1 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas.

Florida native Jake Owen, in fact, had just performed immediately before Jason Aldean and was standing next to the stage watching Aldean when the shots started.

Owen, who has entertained in Augusta several times and whose father has shown horses in The Augusta Futurity, tweeted, “Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others aren’t. Please pray.”

Big &Rich, also on the Guitar Pull lineup, about an hour before the massacre had led the estimated 22,000 fans present in singing God Bless America with the crowd holding up lighted phones.

The duo (John Rich, formerly with the group Lonestar, and “Big Kenny” Alphin) immediately set up a GoFundMe account for victims with a goal of $4 million.

Still another Harvest festival entertainer on the Guitar Pull, Lee Brice, born and reared in Sumter, S.C., had performed at the festival only two nights before the shooting left at least 58 dead and more than 400 hospitalized.


WAYNESBORO’S RAY ON MY MIND SHOW: The touring show Ray On My Mind that is a tribute to the late Georgia-born superstar Ray Charles comes to Waynesboro this weekend.

The show featuring Kenny Brawner can be seen at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Burke County High School. Visit burkeconcert.org for details or call (706) 437-0070.

Charles, along with Atlanta records producer Bill Lowery, was one of the first two persons inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1979.

His long and productive career ended in 2004 when he died at age 73 at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home surrounded by family and friends.

His last Augusta appearance was on Aug. 19, 1987, at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center (now James Brown Arena) with Tony Williams and The Original Platters.

STEVE MARTIN’S BAND IN NEWBERRY: Steep Canyon Rangers, comedian Steve Martin’s touring band returns to the Newberry (S.C.) Opera House at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $50, $45, $35 through newberryoperahouse.com or call the box office at (803) 276-6264.

if you go

  • WHAT: CSRA Veterans Day Tribute Concert, featuring Shooter Jennings (Waylon’s son), Johnny Rodriguez, Amanda Pollard, Rachel Lynn, Beth Spangler and Jordan Brower
  • WHEN: Begins 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11; gates open 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: Evans Towne Center Park’s Lady Antebellum Pavilion
  • COST: $50, $35 and $20 through freshtix.com and Security Federal Bank locations; ages 12 and younger admitted free


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